Thursday, October 19, 2017

Luke Bryan Farm Tour.

Who else loves themselves some country music?? A few months ago I saw on Facebook that Luke Bryan would be making a stop in Boone, Iowa. After my immediate thought of - WTF? I mean, Boone is by no means a big city in Iowa so I was clearly confused on why he'd pick some random stop. I actually used to live in Boone for a year... before the break-up, so I was super excited about the thought of going back "home" to see friends. I- of course, had to buy tickets as soon as I could. I texted my friend saying- you have plans in September 30th. ( 4 months later.)  

So 4 months later, we went on a road trip to see Mr. Luke Bryan on his Farm Tour - which I later learned is why he was in Boone. He picks random big farms in the Midwest and performs in their fields. I had an absolute blast, we got great spots somewhat near the stage - which was perfect!! I took a million photos, danced myself up a storm and got to spend quality time with my bestie and her ladies.  So glad I got to hear about the concert, definitely a night to remember!! 

Toward the end of the concert, we got a little closer to the stage as people were leaving- hello people, there's always an encore after you think it's over. I got a few pictures that I love when he was singing and cracking open a beer. I saw a page on instagram that had a layout similar to this with 3 clusters on the top,bottom, and middle of the paper.  With the country feel, I thought it would be a great time to use the camping line from Simple Stories although the papers are from my stash and have no tie to each other.  I cut the papers in to strips as a base for my clusters then went crazy with all the embellishments. I was so excited though when I remembered the background paper in my stash; thought the road in the middle of no where would be perfect for this!! I loved it when I bought it but honestly had no idea where I was going to go with it.  

I love how the page turned out. Its one of my favorites I've done in a while! I have more photos and more pages I want to make documenting the concert. So look for them to come soon!! 

xo. Renee

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Happy Birthday to Me!

Ah, I can't believe its been almost a month since my birthday but life goes fast when you're having fun. Or... working... all the times. It's also been that long since I made a page using the birthday photos! I was really wanting to finally use a birthday collection by Pink Paislee I found at the local scrapbook store so I got excited when a birthday finally came around. Luckily it was mine! Sneaky how that works. 

I actually came up with the idea while I was on a run of how I wanted to lay out the design. It's not exactly as I envisioned but pretty close. And yes, I know - it's not entirely creative but it's the fussy cut parts that make it creative in my head. One of the papers had a pattern of the various light shades all over- I cut them out to form them in to a string like pattern across segments of the page.  Same with the triangles- they were not originally formed in to banners, I just laid them along the same path as the light shades. 

I wanted an open type face - I turned to my trusty Paper Issues for a file that I thought would fit my plan. Their cut files are free and work with all the cut machines such as silhouette. I have yet to find one I don't like - I just haven't downloaded them all yet. I try to contain myself until I need it. I actually backed the pieces with scraps I found that fit colors from the collection which is always great for my stash pile. I also fussy cut various little things from one of the papers- such as the presents and balloons to use as embellishments as I didn't have any from the collection other than puffy stickers. Which I also used in various spots. 

I wish my mixed media would have turned out stronger; but my color turned out being too light in contrast to the rest of the colors on the page. I love how fun and colorful it turned out! Works perfectly for my birthday! Thanks to my wonderful bestie for helping me celebrate a great girls day with her sweet foreign exchange girls. I'm so lucky to start year 31 in a wonderful way! 

xo. Renee

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Starbucks in the Fall.

I'm actually sitting in a Starbucks typing this. How fitting, but I bought a new computer- simply couldn't wait to get home to play with it. What a great opportunity to get a fall Starbucks drink. Anyone else find this one of their favorite parts of fall? The fun cups, the all things pumpkin coming back to life? Okay so maybe it's just me, but I have to get a PSL as soon as it begins to pop up! 

This year it fell on my birthday that I would get an opportunity to jump on the boat. And of course, I had to snapchat the moment in to my story. #basicwhitegirl. I'm not going to lie, I'm not a HUGE fan of the cups for fall this year but little did I know, it would fit perfectly with my scrapbook page. Because who doesn't scrapbook their starbucks drink?? 

I followed along with another Paper Issues Challenge; their Sketchy Saturday I believe. I also as I have been doing lately, used up plenty of my stash with this page. Fussy cut the leaves I've been waiting to use from Shimelle's older collection and most of my embellishments were from Pebbles' Girl Power line. It had little coffee cups and leaves as well so it worked perfectly with a fall coffee page- as well as the blue cup! As you can tell, I used my cup ( rinsed out - of course. ) as an embellishment piece in my page also!  I love how it all turned out together. I'm always amazed at how things go together even when they weren't designed for that purpose. 

I'm learning more about my skills as well as creativity by using what I have hoarded for so long. I am literally too excited for this adventure and I'm sincerely sorry for blabbering about it in every entry lately. I'm hopeful to make it to the new year without having to buy any other supplies excluding the essentials such as glue/tape. I do have my heart set on one line though that I may excuse myself for only because I know it'll fly off fast and if I use birthday money, it doesn't count as splurging right?? I'll tell myself that anyways!! As always, check out the Paper Issues' Facebook group for inspiring projects and challenges. Their store also is a great place for supplies- if you join their group, there's always discount codes as well as sales going on!! 

xo. Renee

Thursday, October 5, 2017

First Day of School.

How is it that my niece is in middle school? What the heck happened? I feel entirely too old right now. She grew like a weed- has such long little legs. I think she needs to be shrunk in the dryer. I feel I blinked and this all just happened. I can't even imagine what my sister is feeling. So here they are beginning school, ahhh- how I miss that part of fall but kind of glad I don't have the rest of the year to deal with.  ANYWAYS! I had to make pages of the pictures! It's so fun to be included still on their first day fun even when we're across the country. 

When I saw the pictures of my niece, excluding the tissues I felt like grabbing- I immediately thought of the Girl Power line I have by Pebbles. I hadn't even used it yet- yes, hoarding thing is horrible. It would be perfect for her! She's such a strong, independent lady already; she's really going places and I'm so excited for her! I wanted to use so many of the pieces because they fit the tween stage and girl power she's displaying. How fun is it all put together??

Then of course, they had to have photos taken together! How goofy are they?? Love it. I got inspired from Instagram to make a page with circles so I came across this paper from Shimelles Little You. I cut out all the circles my little hands could handle then scattered them around the circle I traced on the paper.  Added clusters of embellishments and journaling. I thought this collection went so well with going back to school. Turned out perfectly for how awesome they are!! 

I'm so proud to be their aunt; they are such loving, sweet souls. They'll do amazing things in this lifetime- I can feel it. With everything crazy going on in the world, I know these guys will be a pair of the good people still left for this generation. Please pray for the world, for these sweet little people who need a safe place to be when the day is done. I hope that some answers will come in the time coming soon or for at least them as they grow older.  They don't deserve this craziness. 

xo. Renee

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Friend Night.

You know it's a good time when your snapchat stories are flooded with goofy photos with your best friends. And you know, you'll get good scrapbook pages when you save all those photos to your phone. So this is what happens when those photos are printed. 

I saw an idea ( as usual ) from Instagram. Of course, I forget who it was I scraplifted but I promise that this was not whole heartedly my design. I saw how the girl used her sayings paper from one of Amy Tangerine's collections. Cutting them out and using them scattered however she saw fit on a white paper so it kind of blended in which I loved. So I took this idea and ran with it because I have been hoarding this paper for a while as I had no idea what to do with it but I couldn't not have it! 

I arranged sayings that I cut out that I felt fitting down the middle of the page leaving space for the photos which I layered with the cut aparts from this line. I also stuck stickers from the line as well as embellishments between the layers on both sides. My journaling I did along the side of the paper, don't ask me why but it just worked out that way. 

I made two pages with photos from this night; including this gem of me with the beer pitcher.  I used the sketch from the Paper Issues  challenge as inspiration for this page as well as my title was based off the idea I did earlier with a different page. I had so much fun with it and it uses so many of my alphas.  I also got to use up a lot of scraps and product from Fancy Pants Family line including also some beer related embellishments from Paper House Productions.  I thought it ended up being a fun, sassy page - the title adds a little spunk to my already goofy picture. Title is lyrics from Drinking Problem by Midland. 

Hope you enjoyed my pages and are inspired to use up your stash!! Join me at Paper Issues for their monthly challenges!!

xo. Renee

Sunday, October 1, 2017

New Kittens!

After the loss of our sweet Sienna and Pumpkin this summer, our house was far to quiet for our own good. I wasn't sure that my dad would even listen really to my suggestion to look at animals at our local Humane Society open house. But Dad asked for the time and in a car we were. I was a bit surprised at his reaction but I think he was lonesome for animal interaction as we all were. (Just not as willing to admit it.) 

Dad kind of wanted a black kitten, he always seemed to have good luck with them. So he was drawn to this particular little black kitten. He held him and the kitten turned my dad in to a pile of goo with all of his kitty purrs. Of course, we had to check out all the other adorable felines but Dad just never put the black kitten down. Even when he was playing with the others. 

So I guess our decision was made, this little black kitten was going to be ours. Although as we were filling out paper work, the lady said "You know he has a brother, and we would like them to be adopted together."  Without a moment of hesitation, Dad asked which kitten was his brother. This little gray tiger striped kitten was shown to us. We were only intending for one kitten but Dad said - "Well, I'd hate to split them up." and boom, we came home with two. 

So it begins our journey with two kittens. Mom and Dad happened to be on the phone with the grandchildren when we were discussing names for these little guys. Shouting options from the other side, a lot were declined- Dad has had a lot of black cats so common names were already taken. Finally she said Stormy and Smokey. Well perfect! We now have names for our crazy babies. Smokey is our gray striped little guy and Stormy is our black kitten. 

I think all of our phones are filled with millions of photos and they're finding anything to get their paws on. We simply can't get enough of them and so far it's been quite the experience, it's been so long since we've had a beeb of any kind in the house. 

Both pages were made with photos of them cuddling, of course- I have a thousand. I loved also getting to use up some of my stash with the baby boy line by Crate Paper as well as other scraps/supplies that match up with the line.  And I saw an idea on the Paper Issues Facebook group which inspired me to use up some cactus supplies I've been hoarding for the second page. Both turned out perfect!! I repeat it every page  but I'm so excited to see my stash dwindling. I've needed this for so long- although I'm still drooling over the newer stuff - Cassie has been missing charging my card. 

Hope you enjoy my crazy kittens, I promise - no I'm certain- you'll be seeing a ton more of them along the way!!

xo. Renee

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


I love creeping on my Instagram to find different ideas on how to do pages. I found an idea done by Irit in the Hip Kit Club using circles and layering them similar to I have on this page. I thought this idea would be perfect for the circles in the Pink Paislee/Paige Evan's lines. I believe a few of her lines have these circle pattern on the paper with a pattern on one side, a saying on the other. I apologize, I have had a few of them cut up so I'm not for certain. 

Either way, I had a punch that fit the circles to a T so I took the punch to the paper and cut all of the remaining ones out to begin the process on this page! 

I took the circles and cut 1/3 of the bottoms off so I could layer them on the bottom as well as the top. I also put one strip of her paper boarders I cut out on the bottom to cover up some of my messiness on the circles.  What's great about Paige's collections is that they go well together so I have a mesh of various pieces together. I layered behind the photo as I always do, placed an area for some journaling as well layered and embellished around that.  I love all the various pieces in her collection Oh My Heart, just kind of goes well with my personality I think. As well as the bright colors, how fun is it?? 

I wanted to scrapbook this picture of me from playing softball with my church league this summer! I had so much fun playing softball again, literally- its been ages and you can tell in my fine batting skills. I stuck to playing in the outfield for the most part so I didn't have to work too hard on fast balls coming at me and thinking where to throw it again. I was too afraid I'd mess it up for the team and even though I know they didn't care; I would have felt horrible! I'm just glad they accepted me to play with them - just a fun activity I haven't gotten to do in a while and didn't realize how much I missed that type of thing.  This is the type of memory I love capturing and scrapbooking most, something I'll want to remember for sure in years to come!

xo. Renee

Monday, September 18, 2017

Bon Fire.

What I love about summer nights are the bon fires at my friend's house. The smell, the smores, the drinks and the conversation- which is endless. This night I think I didn't even get home til 4 in the morning. Gave my parents a bit of a fright, but we just had great things to say even when we've known each other for years! 

I thought this photo would be perfect for my Simple Stories Cabin Fever stash. Fell in love with it, but again- I didn't do much adventures this summer as I was hoping so thankfully this occasion worked well for this line!

With one of the papers, I drew out the letters for the word BON FIRE then cut them out. I decided instead of using the O- that's where I would place the photo which I cut in to a circle. I built a cluster beside the photo with different embellishments I cut out from the cut aparts as well as stickers. I did the same in the word fire with a cut apart to use for journaling then used embellishments beside it.  I loved how the page turned out and it helped use up stash I wasn't sure how I'd be able to use.

Am I weird that I'm getting some pleasure out of using up all my stash? I've been banging out pages I never would have thought before even though I've had these papers for a while. Crazy how that happens if you just limit yourself and expand your creativity. I also have been trying to make a way for them to work for the Paper Issues' monthly challenges on their Facebook page. I can't even begin to express how excited I am for their fall crop coming up- more challenges to bang out this stash! You'll have to stay tuned to see how that works!! 

xo. Renee

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Happy Birthday Eli!!

I tackled another task of using up some more of my stash. I couldn't wait to scrap these pictures of my friend's sweet son, Eli on his first birthday! How adorable is he honestly?? Can't get enough.

I had some birthday supplies that I don't believe I had the whole collection of - so I kind felt the need to go through my stash to find colors that matched the pieces I did have. This all kind of fell together just right! 

I drew out a sunray type pattern on to a piece of random cardstock- cut it out than traced each piece on to the different colored scraps I had in order. Pieced them together on the background I wanted to use. Same process went for the smaller rays in front of them- although my cutting job wasn't as neat that time around. I layered behind the photos with embellishment pieces from the collection I did want to use. As well as cluster with embellishments at the top kitty corner bottom. I always love a little cluster on the bottom as well- I think I just love embellishments all over. Truth? 

I splattered some paint around the pages by the clusters as well as added enamel dots and chunky glitter. I just love these photos- he's such an adorable baby. I love him and his family so much! I'm so happy that I got to spend his first birthday with him- what a journey it's been for you little boy and you're just beginning!  Can't wait to see where life guides you! 

xo. Renee

Monday, September 11, 2017

Almighty God.

I think I've shared with you before how I've been sort of playing with the Bible Journaling concept. I know I'm not an avid participant but I do find it therapeutic to do after church. Just kind of gets my thoughts of the service or what I enjoyed down on some form of paper. 

I fell in love with a song we sang at service a few weeks ago- Only King Forever by Elevation Worship. It just spoke to me and I loved it so when I got home, I searched around online for a verse that I felt was relevant to how I interpreted the song.  I chose the verse Matthew 28 19-20 which says

 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

I usually outline or highlight the said verse, than decorate as I see fit. Digged around in all my Illustrated Faith supplies that I keep together in a bag for ones I thought would fit the verse.  Using acrylic paints with colors that match to create the smears I've seen on various other people's pages - a technique I have fallen love with. Stamped a few other accents - although I'm horrible at the stamping technique.  This is another way I have been using my alpha stash- finding ones that match my color scheme and outlining what I wanted to illustrate- such as the lyrics to the song. 

I love how it turned out- definitely one of my favorites so far! I am just so excited that I've found this church as well as this method of exploring your bible. It's brought me back to my faith which had always been in my heart solid more stable. Makes my heart happy. 

xo. Renee 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Light It Up.

I'm back with another scrapbook page! I'm kind of on a roll with making them, not so much on blogging them. I apologize- I'm working to try harder this month!! 

Earlier this year when all the summer lines came out, I jumped on the boat and bought them all. Shocking- I know. But I realize I hardly took any pictures this summer; or do anything that exciting to be honest. So I'm using my summer lines with random photos - praying it doesn't look too horrible! 

I saw - I believe- Cat Martin do a page on Paper Issues Facebook Page that used all different alphas as her title and I swooned. What a great way to use up some alphas, because you know - I have a huge thicker hoard- on top of everything else in my stash. I used this photo that I took with of course, a snapchat filter. It's the only way I live anymore, I think I'm 10 x prettier and anything boosting my confidence is a win in my book. The colors in my clothes I thought went perfect with Pink Paislee's Summer Lights collection. All the pretty oranges,pinks, and purple! Even though it had nothing to do with beaches or summer, I did my regular clusters of embellishments around the photo as well as the top right corner. Layered behind with different pieces in my stash and added banner from a past Dear Lizzy collection. 

I love how it turned out with all the colors, it feels so summery and perfect!! I also like incorporating songs in to my pages that I can't get out of my head- hopefully in the future I'll look back and remember how much I loved the song! Again, like I've been doing all summer- I also used up some of my stash and makes me so excited to watch it windle down. I'm hoping Cassie doesn't hate me too much but I promise, when I get my stash down to a normal size - Paper Issues will be the first place I go to restock up!! 

Friday, August 25, 2017

When I Needed A Paw ....

When I said this was a tough summer, that wasn't even all that this summer entailed. If one animal in our family passing wasn't enough, we had to lose them both. 

The beginning of this summer shortly after we found out that Pumpkin had diabetes, we had to make the unfortunate choice of putting down our sweet girl, Sienna. She had also been having a rough few months- just not eating much of anything and having other stomach issues that were out of the normal for her. We've seen a few vets, taken on the blood test, and did all the x-rays. But nothing was really pointing in our favor for answers. She was acting normal for the most part, still her bouncy loving self. So that's what was making it all so difficult.  

Again, it was just her acting very strange one day that just made Dad think- this is just the end of the road for her and suffering anymore would just be unnecessary. Because as much as she wasn't showing it, she had to be at some extent and a great faker. After a talk with the vet, a decision was made.  We all took our time with her giving her tons of hugs, letting her run freely around the yard, and shedding too many tears. Our leading lady would have to cross the bridge. 

It still stings all the time not to have her in our house, she along with her brother Jake whom my sister with her husband adopted 11 years ago became a big part of our lives. My dad couldn't stand the thought of them having to be separated if that would to happen; so when my sister made the move to the big cities- our house is where they came. To say my Dad loved them would be an understatement, not that he would ever turn down an animal; but his heart surely grew a million sizes when he met these two pups. 

Losing Jake two summers ago was difficult, oddly enough - it was when I had my break up. Sienna and I took many nights running/walking to just ease the pain. We had something in common- losing our boys. I also took a chance on Sienna that summer, letting her explore the world without a leash. Weird- I know- but she's a runner, without her leash we'd assume she'd be in New York. But she proved us all wrong and trotted along side of us around the yard - we wished everyday we had tried it sooner perhaps it was just in timing. 

Who knew that her last year of her life would be filled with endless car rides, tons of running adventures- she surely couldn't have been happier. Maybe it was just how it was meant to be. I miss her everyday- still can't look out my bedroom window without looking down at her kennel waiting for her to be looking up at me with her wiggly butt. The happy thought I keep thinking though is that she's finally with her best friend Jake again, I can't even imagine what their reuniting was like in heaven. Bouncing around and licks for sure. 

When I needed a hand, she surely did give me her paw- time and time again.  

Love you Sienna. 

xo. Renee

Thursday, August 24, 2017

My Hardest Goodbye.

I think I knew this would be one of the hardest summers from the beginning.  

I found out early in May that my sweet love ( my cat, Pumpkin.) was sick with diabetes.  I knew the results before she even told me, he was acting just as our past cat had when he was sick. I just was hoping maybe , just maybe- something else was wrong. Of course, she offered the choices- and to each their own, I weighed the pros and cons. My choice was not easy but I knew that I didn't have the time nor the adequate money at this time to give him the care that I know deep inside he deserved. 

So I spent my time cherishing every hug... every meow. I knew I was definitely battling time with my soul mate. It sounds bizarre, trust me- I'm well aware. How do I go thinking that my cat could be my soul mate? Maybe he isn't. But he definitely feels like one of my great loves.  

I got him when I was living on my own in my favorite apartment back in 2006. I had struggled a lot for a while with different things and it came to a time where everything had finally came to a stand still. I felt it was time for a pet. So I went to Pet Smart to look in the little adoption corner and there I spotted 3 orange kittens. I know I played with one of them before I played with Pumpkin but all I can remember is him hiding behind my feet. I told him to come out little pumpkin. I bought an orange color and claimed him as my mine.  

With all my life changes, even when I left him behind- he was my one thing that remained the same. He greeted me when I came home to visit, waited by my door for me to wake up. His love for his family was more than apparent - always checking on his people when he knew something was wrong. Even in happy moments, keeping conversations with his meows. His conversational skills could put most grown humans to shame.  He was so smart, so tricky. But yet, so unlike any other cat I've ever met. 

There's so many words to use for him and yet, I'm at a loss on how just to put it so it does justice. 

I prepared myself because I knew it was coming with each passing day. I just told myself I wanted to end this before I felt he was suffering. I literally had a conversation with my best friend days before that I just felt it was time. I felt he was ready to be home. That next day he just wasn't himself at all... we called the vet... she never answered. But I held him in the hallway and told him it was okay. I loved him with all of my heart. No one could replace my Monkey.  We all went to sleep and Pumpkin passed away. 

And that morning to keep my mind preoccupied, I made this page of a few of the selfies I made him suffer through. It was the only thing I could think of. Seems like when life goes all wrong, scrapbooking is my therapy. I used the sketch from the Paper Issues Sketch Challenge this month, and it worked perfectly. Also, I finally also got to use up what was left of my Cocoa Vanilla  Wild @ Heart collection. Turned out perfect for my love for Pumpkin. 

Love you more than words Monkey. 

xo. Renee

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Beautiful Wedding.

So earlier this summer I was in an old and dear friend's wedding, I know we haven't kept in contact as much as we should of being we're both in the same town. But that's always how life happens. It definitely came as a shock to me that she asked me to be a part of her day, but I couldn't say no- we were so close for so long. Who knew our middle school dreams would actually come true? ( Now I need to work on that part, 

But I have to say as confused as I started out being, it has become one of my favorite memories of this summer and turned out so beautiful. I had to scrapbook the photos! Hell, if I'm not getting married- someone should be. And I want to capture it. 

I followed with the same trend I've been doing this summer- which is using the hell out of my stash. It's going to die one day right?? Probably not, but a girl can dream.  On Paper Issues' Facebook group, one of the challenges was to scraplift a page that looked fairly similar to this page. So when I saw the lady used tons of squares/scraps to form some quilted pattern on the bottom- boom, this will work perfect with my stash. I gathered similar collections if you can't tell- majority Crate Paper or Maggie Holmes and went to town forming some pattern on the bottom half of the page.  I just layered behind the photos with various other pieces of the paper as well as clustered embellishments that matched with it. It turned out just perfect! I loved that I had these two coordinating pictures also that made this page so easy to do!! 

I also came up with this gem using a photo of me carrying my bouquet and shoes which I thought was so pretty. I used the same stash I built up for the other page except took it in a different direction. Using some mixed media/water color behind the clusters of embellishments. Loved finally using more of my flowers I had leftover. I also love how I used the XOXO glitter piece. I've loved it for a while and never knew how to use it in a way that I would love it. I think this is honestly one of my favorite pages I've done. Just makes me happy. 

I will have a few more pages with this wedding, I can't wait to show you them when I get a chance to take photos of them! I also am loving using up my stash and cranking out gems I didn't know were possible!!  Thanks for checking out on what I've been doing, share your work also!!

xo. Renee

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Scrapping Summer.

Now that I'm trying to get my blog back in action, I wanted to show you some of my latest pages I've been doing! This summer so far with my scrapbook pages I have been trying to use up my stash.  

Which surprisingly has gone really well!! Too bad I have more stash than I know what to do with.. But I haven't bought in a little while either which is a plus! Although I'm sure Cassie (my dealer, aka owner of Paper Issues.) would disagree. 

I had a few photos from things I've done this summer that I thought I'd scrapbook. Granted I have plenty of summer lines - newer than these- but I have to just get some of this out of my way. 

In the thought of using up stash, I have plenty of alphas up the gazoo to also use. So I thought I'd take this page in a mixed media direction by scattering the alphas then covering with gesso. Also splotching some cordinating watercolor around the alpha clusters.   I have been hoarding this Simple Stories Summer Line - Summer Vibes.  I just love the colors also the ombre /sunset look. So I thought no better time than now to use it! Documenting playing some corn hole with my bestie and her family.  I may or may not have had to con her brother in to taking photos so I could actually be in one, but I got it! 

 I did another page with my Simple Stories stash except this time with their other summer collection- You Are Here. I saw a page with someone using their paper strips behind the photo, so I took bits of the collection I had left to do the same. As well as did it for another cluster where I would include the journaling. I'm glad I actually have been taking photos this summer,  I thank snapchat for being there  for me. Haha, also that my story is available for 24 hours- plenty of time to remember to screen shot the photos. 

I know I've been a bit sparse this summer but I have been scrapbooking some so I will be filling you in on my pages! I am not quite sure what happened but I let this blog fall to the wayside. I promise I will be trying hard to capture that back up. Also I need to fill you in on other parts of my life, so hopefully you'll stick around as I chase my miles and create my memories once again. 

xo. Renee

Monday, June 12, 2017

Bible Journaling: My beginning.

I'm not even sure where to begin this post because I've been gone for so long and my scrapbooking has kind of fell to the wayside; when I haven't had projects to do or pictures to take. But I have taken a new adventure that I want to show you guys!! 

There's this new trend popping up in the scrapbook world for those whom are spiritual called bible journaling. I'm sure this isn't anything new, as I've heard all the time of people keeping valuable information in their bibles as well as their own notes. But this kind of takes a cross of scrapbooking materials with your own notetaking/artwork in the bibles.  Search it on Instagram or  my Pinterest- theres so many examples! 

I did my first page based on my favorite verse- Phil 4:13. I saw this quote among my supplies and felt that it went perfect with the verse. Used acrylic paints with a palette knife to create the background along with stamps.
I have always felt connected with my spiritual side. I just didn't think I found a way or a place to express myself in a way that I felt comfortable with. When I discovered bible journaling, I decided this just may be the moment it clicks for me.

The background is various watercolors along with stamping. I used some printables from the Print & Pray shop as well as various alphas I had in my stash that went perfectly with the bold colors!  Lyrics from Resurrecting. 

I saw this as an opportunity to explore a church that friends of mine have talked about. It can't hurt to explore something new. Even the fact that I've upset people by taking this journey, I think I've found something that comforts me. I'm excited about church- I love the music, the sermons. Kinda just reaches in for me.

Again I did some watercolor technique in the background, using various alphas and embellishments from Illustrated Faith. Lyrics from Good, Good Father. 

Anyways so to take all that information- I've processed it in to my own bible pages that I'm showing you! I bought a special journaling bible to use for this purpose. Journaling bibles come with a 2 in margin which makes for great space to use so you don't have to cover up too much of the Word if you don't prefer. A lot of the stuff I have gathered is from the Illustrated Faith product line by Bella Blvd- although being I have a zillion alphas- those are various companies. Need to use stuff before I buy more and alphas are for sure- the thing I have far too many of.  

I love that I have came across this idea, this is only the beginning of the journey and I can't wait to keep showing you what I create!  

xo. Renee

Monday, April 24, 2017

Discover USA Paper House Productions feat. 3L Scrapbook Adhesives!

Hey Everyone! I'm here today with a post with Paper House Productions! This week we're doing a cross promotion with one of my favorite companies Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

I created a page using the Discover USA line by Paper House- which I've already done a few pages with. Its a line that literally keeps giving and I have still I could/want to accomplish with! With this page, I decided to do a page that looks like a pocket page concept but all just on the paper. I wanted to be able to utilize all the great cut aparts.  

The East Coast paper I thought I would never be able to use. I just never get to the beach or eat crabs much but it dawned on me; Oh Renee -you dork- you're sister's family lives on the East Coast. Okay- will do. So I creeped on my family's facebook page to see if they had any hidden gems I could scrapbook for them! I found a great selection of my brother-in-law's rowing. Perfect!! I dug around some more with my Paper House suppplies- and remembered I had a Beach Clear Stickers that would go great with this page as well!! 


While constructing this page, I used Scrapbook Adhesive's Refillable EZ- Runner. I can't say enough about this- it has a strong hold! Which for my klutzy self, I really needed to be prepared on where I was going to place things. It has lasted forever it seems, most tape runners I feel are so easy to just use up on a few projects. I also find that may be also because just a little bit is all you need to place which is perfect! 

To pop up a few of the embellishments, I used their 3D Foam Squares which comes in a package of 2 different sizes which is very helpful. Again, the strength is there with these and so it helps you not have to use so many! Just one seemed to do just enough to give it the dimension I wanted as well as hold it in place. Just what I need to give my page some depth. 

I'm excited about how my page turned out and I love being able to show you how great the products from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L are! I hope you join us all week long to see how different members have used their products as well as join in on some giveaways happening over at the blog!! 

xo. Renee

Monday, April 17, 2017

New Issues Monday @ Paper Issues!

Its time for round 2 of New Issues Monday at Paper Issues!! This month's issue is called Pedal/Petal to the Medal/Metal and here are some ideas that come in to the catergory! 
  • Use metallics and/or metal embellishments.
  • Create a project using flowers or about gardening and spring.
  • Share something about transportation like bicycles, motorcycles, cars (your first car or current ride), toy cars, etc.
  • Show us a project about awards and/or accomplishments.

I thought I would kind of touch on the spring aspect. It's all about April Showers and I thought this cute photo of Addison playing in the puddles would be perfect! Little by Little by Shimelle has perfect kid elements as well as spring colors. The raindrop paper and rain clouds I thought how fun to add to the page. I also for a while have been wanting to do this heart element I saw on another page via Pinterest. So I cut the paper in to 2x2 squares then diagonally cut them to build a heart as well as parts of the heart to form a pattern of the heart on the paper. I thought the glue wasn't enough so I did put some modge podge on top of it which gave the page a shiny feel, which was a new surprise. 

As always I have to have clusters of embellishments on the page, I did some on the left of the photo as well as added fussy cut flowers on other parts of the hearts. The bottom right I built another cluster. The letters for the title were from the Crate Paper Little You (Girl) line - thought the pink went well with the elements on the page. I also took a shot at some hand stitching, although now that I look at it- I wish I had done it with a bolder color than white so it would stand out more but it was definitely a new thing to try that I enjoyed. 

I can't wait to see what you guys submit to the challenge on Paper Issues Facebook Group. If you need more goodies- because who the hell doesn't- go to the Paper Issues store and use my code Renee to save yourself 20% on your order! Which means you buy more right?? :D Maybe that's just me as always. 

x.o Renee

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Swag Bag @ Paper Issues!!

One of my favorite things about Paper Issues are the swag bags. I never bought one before I was on the DT, which now I regret because I understand the awesomeness of them now! The swag bags are random bits and doodads from different collections that Cassie brings together along with cut aparts - sometimes other great bits such as stamps. I was so excited about March's bag because it was full of everything bright and summer.  This Iowa winter has been so confusing, I just want sunshine and warmth back. 

Isn't it just bright and happy?? I know unfortunately this month bag is already sold out, so I'm hoping some of you had the chance to get your paws on it! Some of the bits that I received are different than what's in the photo but none the less, they go fantastic with the collection! 

Once I started putting things together, I realized the swag bag went really well with Amy Tangerine's new line On A Whim. It has all the tropical colors and feels going on through out the collection. Same with the swag bag! 

I layered a few different pink scrap sheets in my stash for the bottom segment. Took the two photos, kind of put them together off centered than layered the cut apart cards behind them.  I formed clusters as always from the bits from the swag bag as well as the Amy Tan line on both sides of the cut apart cards. Focusing on the Pink and Yellow, with bits of green. There was flamingos on the one card so I thought I'd include the pineapples and flamingos pieces I had as well to pull it all together. 

Makes me just want to pack my bags and run to some ocean to play in the water. Jealous of my sister's family, they live within distance of water and I'm in landlocked Iowa.  I will live through their adventures and pretend I'm with them, while staring out the window at the gloomy weather.  I think the page turned out just as warm and sunny as I had intended! I hope you all participate with the challenge, if you weren't able to grab a March bag- take a chance on the April bag! Never know what you can pull together with all the bits and pieces. You can also use my discount - Renee- for 20% off the bags as well!! How awesome is that?? 

xo. Renee

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Product Spotlight @ Paper Issues!!

It's time for a new Product Spotlight at Paper Issues! This week's chosen line is from Fancy Pants and it's called Family & Co. I can't get enough of it, but there's few lines in the world I don't want. This just has the blues, reds -- just colors that are sparse. Perfect for a page on these two silly boys!

For this page I used the sketch that was from Sketchy Saturday. I didn't make a page for it, because I thought I didn't have 3 pictures but then I found these gems. So I used it for this page, kind of a two birds one stone ordeal. I used the embellishment "We Are Family" as the title- backed it with some of the segments of solid backgrounds. Formed a cluster around the title as well.  I found some old Fancy Pants embellishments that I had gotten - worked well with this collection as well! I love when that happens!! 

I just love these photos of my brother in law and nephew! They are quite the silly pair!! I'm excited that this line is about family and is also easy to make masculine without kiddish. I have plenty of it left thankfully that I can make more pages. 

Can't wait to see your work up on the Paper Issues' Facebook group! Multiple challenges are up and ready besides this one- so don't hesitate to join even if you don't have the Family & Co. line!! But if you want to buy it- check out the Paper Issues' Store and use my code Renee to save yourself 20%!! 

xo. Renee

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Roll the Dice @ Paper Issues!!

Can you believe that I've been on the DT for  4 months now and I have yet to do a Roll the Dice Challenge? Gosh, I fail. But this month, I jumped on it! 

Rachel does this cute video every month with her sweet boys where they roll dice to get what numbers of certain items to incorporate on your page.  This month's challenge was 6 stickers and 2 tags! 

I have wanted to scrap photos from a Firecracker 5k I did a few years ago with my sister's family. I have tried a few times, and quite frankly- they look horrible! But when I saw the Sweet Freedom line by Pink Paislee. It just had to work this time! It is so gorgeous and perfect. 

I know a lot of my pages have a similar concept, lots of layering and clusters of embellishments. This layout is the same as them all I used frames, tags and multiple cut aparts to layer behind the photo. Used stickers and other embellishments for the clusters.  I used one of the free cut files from the Paper Issues store designed for this collection. Backed it with multiple sheets from the collection, leaving one blank for the journaling. 

This is one of my favorite races I've done- I got to run with my sister and brother in law- although we know they were ahead me by a ways. I ran most of the race without stopping, we got to be featured in the race because of our cute tutu's. The kiddos even got to run in a race and earn little medals which is so cute! I think the memory that stands out of this race is listening to Call Me Maybe on repeat- then it ended up being the song on the radio when we started the car. I also slept most of the afternoon when I didn't hydrate well enough and got sick. Oh the memories. Now I know to drink fluids, quit being a tough chick- it doesn't work well with you later. Bahaha. 

I think this collection is just gorgeous, I can't wait to use it again. Hopefully I do exciting things this summer for the 4th of July!  You should go to the Paper Issue's store and pick it up for the summer. It's just so American and also vintage/feminine. So perfect.  I can't wait to see how you guys complete this challenge!  Also don't forget to use my code Renee to save yourself 20% on your purchase!! 

xo. Renee

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Family Flip Album @ Paper House Productions!

I'm here with a post today on the new Flip Albums by Paper House Productions! I think they are so awesome, they are little albums that you can flip through with different pictures on either pull out pages or folded pages.  I'm going to show you how I utilized the Family Flip Album!
I think what's perfect about this album is that it's already constructed for you; you just need to add the photos then embellish how you see fit! It comes with a sheet of stickers that coordinate with the album and I thought there were plenty of them to use! Also it comes with corner stickers to place on your photos to make them look like they're slid in to place.
This album I am making as a present to my sister's family. ( She'll probably see it here, hope you like it! Haha! ) I thought it would also work great with this set of 4 photos I found of their family.  I manipulated the photos to be 4in. x 4in. sized which fits perfectly on the squares in the flip album with a little space around the edge of them!

 Besides the stickers that are included in the box with the album, I used a few of the stickers from the Life's Organized Planner sticker pack that coordinated with it! I got some small alphas I had in my stash to use on the photos as well to add more sentiments.Besides the stickers that are included in the box with the album, I used a few of the stickers from the Life's Organized Planner sticker pack that coordinated with it! I got some small alphas I had in my stash to use on the photos as well to add more sentiments.

Take 5 Tuesday @ Paper Issues!!

It's Take 5 Tuesday at Paper Issues!! I love this challenge because the list always has a bunch of stuff I have! There's no way you can't do this challenge, just pick 5 or more things from the list and go to town! 

I picked 2. yellow , 4. pattern paper, 5. polka dots, 7. two or more fonts, and 10. layers; and here's is the outcome! 

I used the new line by Doodlebug- Fairy Tales. I love all the bright colors and fun embellishments such as the rainbows and unicorns! It's coming to the Paper Issues store soon, you'll have to grab it all when you can! I thought it would work perfectly for any page about little girls!  For this page- I used a FREE cut file from the Paper Issues store- backed it with pieces of the paper.  I also created a border around it with another piece of the collection. There's so many embellishments in this collection so it's right down my alley. I created a banner with the banner pieces also layered behind the photo as always with the cut aparts. One of the cut aparts had the quote on it, which I thought worked perfectly for this page!! 

I formed multiple clusters with the embellishments along the center and at the bottom of the page. This photo of Addison with her fun crazy hair looks so good with the colors in this page, so I had to put it together. She's such an fun and sassy girl, so independent and smart. I know I say it all the time; but scrapbooking pages of her are so much fun compared to the boring other pictures I have. She inspires my pages to capture how amazing she is, the pressure!! But this little girl will be 10 this week, and I am so proud to be her aunt. I love watching her journey in life from afar being I can't be close to her all the time. I hope no one ever dulls her sparkle. 

I hope everyone joins in this challenge! It's so easy and so fun; the possibilities are endless!! If you need anything scrap related, take a look at all the supplies and newest collections at the Paper Issues store!! As always, use my name Renee to save yourself 20%. That means you can spend more right?? It'll show up at your door faster than it took you to decide what to put in your cart; the service Cassie provides is outstanding! 

xo. Renee